‘Most inspiring time in history’ for new journalists

Journalism, especially print journalism, has been going through a rough time lately with most major newspapers posting disturbing job losses. But as difficult as change can be for long-time journalists, some media watchers believe it presents a terrific opportunity for those entering the profession.

“It’s a new media world and, I would argue, the most inspiring time in history to be an aspiring journalist,” Temple professor G.W. Miller III wrote recently in Philadelphia Weekly.

When you’re a journalist, telling people what you do these days can evoke a mix of sympathy and disdain.

All of which brings about the ultimate question, the one I’ve been asked numerous times since I started teaching journalism to college students: How in good conscience can I stand in front of a classroom and encourage college kids to enter a dying profession?

My answer: Journalism isn’t dying. It’s just evolving.

The public may have turned against traditional media but it doesn’t mean they don’t want news and information. The challenge now is to figure out how to earn the money to generate the information, and discover the most efficient ways to deliver it.

You can read the full article at philadelphiaweekly.com.

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